9 March 2015 — Literacy, And Your Ideas


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MONDAY, MARCH 9 — 6:15pm  — Club Board of Directors Meeting, The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. All Club Members always welcome.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for March!  Special guest speaker: Kafi Blumenfield, founding Executive Director of DiscoveryCube Los Angeles, the new science center designed to inspire kids. We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Reed; Pledge, Natalia; Four-Way Test, Mel; Rotary Minute, Todd.)

SUNDAY, MAY 3 — 10:00pm to 4:00pm — SAVE THE DATE —  — The next ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, in support of Valley Food Bank, at Gelson’s in Sherman Oaks.





This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about AIDS.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Members.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about. See the E-wareness link at right of this page.




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In Rotary International circles, March is designated as Literacy Month. You are here, reading these words without thinking about it. It is difficult to imagine, then, the plight of the distressing number of people worldwide who cannot read these words. And even here in the United States there are people who cannot read.

UNESCO provides these statistics on literacy around the world. The key takeaway, as stated on the page, is: “Literacy rates are rising, but women and girls continue to lag behind.” Good news and not-good-enough news.

This week’s program is designed to have us view some literacy resources and think about what we can do as a Rotary Club to improve literacy for others. There is value in teaching a love of reading, and there is value in teaching the ability to read.

Please take a look at these websites, poke around a bit, and just let yourself think about what we can do.  Comment with ideas if you have some now, but keep thinking.  Let’s create something together.

Dolly Parton has partnered with Rotary Clubs for her Imagination Library project.

Reading Rainbow, with the wonderful LeVar Burton (when he’s not taking care of the warp drive on the Enterprise), is working to reinvent itself and worth a look.

A reminder about the good works by our friend Debbie Navarro and our partner Reach Out and Read Los Angeles.

Here’s the latest from Reading Is Fundamental.

Here’s a group called ProLiteracy, which says it’s the largest literacy non-profit in the US…your programs chair admits he’s never heard of it until researching this week’s program…anyone know about this group?

Anyone know about any other resources?  Please share.


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